November 2016, the month voters in Maine legalized recreational marijuana, seems like a distant memory now. And with 2019 coming to a close, Maine still doesn’t have a retail cannabis industry. In fact, from legalization to the start of legal sales—still slated for March 2020—Maine’s will have been the slowest rollout of any recreational-use program in the country.
But the wheels are finally turning for prospective cannabis businesses that have been idling for months and years, holding on to retail and cultivation space and preparing for the starting gun. Now that the state’s regulatory framework is finally in place, the Office of Marijuana Policy has announced the start date for marijuana business applications. But with only a handful of applications up for grabs and a gauntlet of bureaucratic and administrative hurdles to clear, the application process is going to be a frenzied race to the finish.
Maine Regulators Will Begin Accepting License Applications November 18
It’s been a long road to legal retail cannabis in Maine. But the end is finally in sight. On November 18, the state’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) will begin accepting marijuana business license applications from testing labs. Then, on December 5, it will begin